Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
-George Will, 1994
We are recording various portions of the Olympics and beginning again that tradition of gathering as a family and watching people realize the culmination of multiple years of training, of some individuals seeing their dreams dashed, of athletes pushing themselves further and faster, of injuries, super-human performances, controversy and triumph. And the value for us is to be able to show our kids the challenges and triumphs of life that are exhibited in the allegory of athletics.
I remember as a six year old seeing the World Figure Skating Championship in 1973, when in the middle of one couple's routine, their music completely stopped. Without missing a beat, they continued to skate, twirling and spinning, the music playing only in their heads. They ended up taking home the gold from that competition, and I can still remember the thrill of seeing them honored for their ingenuity and skill in the face of a major problem. It become an iconic moment for me, one I have drawn from in my later life, the example of pressing forward even when no one else can hear the music.
So here's the question for ya this week. In honor of Olympic fever, name one of your favorite sports memories. It doesn't have to be Olympian and it doesn't have to be poignant, just something that has stuck with you and why. Feel free to leave it in the form of a comment, or if you would like to write a post on your favorite sports memory on your own blog and then post the url in the Mr. Linky box below, I'd love it! Looking forward to hearing what athletic event has made a place in your memory banks!